Monday, October 10, 2011

Katydid... in my eggplant


Some days  you go through and do things you love but treat them as chores. Its unfortunate, but we get caught up in our schedules and rushed. We forget to take a breath and enjoy what we are doing now. I was watering my gardening, when I saw a Katydid, a leaf grasshopper!


I feel so fortunate to have seen this beauty and that he was still there when I got my camera. I snapped a ton of pictures because I wanted Jorg and My Girl to see it too. It was like I discovered a treasure! A marvel. I scooped it up into a mason jar and showed it to them when they got home.

They came home like 10 minutes later and marveled at it with me. Then we released him back to the eggplants. I never even knew a bug like this existed and almost didn't see it. Then the next day, when My Guy's Godmother was visiting, she just got back from living in Spain., he was still there and she got to see him too. I kinda feel lucky to have seen it and been able to share him with others.
 Here's some info on them:
  "True Katydids are relatives of grasshoppers and crickets. They grow over two inches long and are leaf-green in color. Katydids have oval-shaped wings with lots of veins. They resemble leaves. True Katydids live in forests, thickets, or fields with lots of shrubs or trees.
    Katydids spend most of their time at the tops of trees where most of the leaves are. Usually katydids are heard, but not seen. Unlike grasshoppers and crickets, both male and female katydids make sounds. They rub their forewings (front wings) together to "sing" to each other. Katydid hear each other with ears on their front legs. Breeding season is in late Summer and early Fall. Females will lay eggs on stems. Eggs will hatch the following Spring into nymphs. Nymphs are young katydids not fully grown. Katydid nymphs eat and grow, molting their skin several times. Each time the nymph sheds its skin it looks more like an adult. Finally, after its last molt, the nymph has changed into an adult katydid.     True Katydids eat leaves of most deciduous (lose leaves in Fall) trees and shrubs, especially oaks. Katydids can fly short distances when threatened, but they prefer to walk and climb. When they do fly, it is more of a downward flutter. If a katydid lands on the ground, it will walk to the nearest tree and climb. Predators of True Katydids include birds, bats, spiders, frogs, snakes, and other insect-eaters."
That information is thanks to True Katydid

Take some time and enjoy the little things!

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